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Bad Influence!

Bad Influence! is an early to mid-1990s British factual television programme broadcast on CITV between 1992 and 1996, and was produced in Leeds by Yorkshire Television (now known as ITV Studios). It looked at video games and computer technology, and was described as a "kid’s Tomorrow's World". It was shown on Thursday afternoons and had a run of four series of between 13 and 15 shows, each of 20 minutes duration. For three of the four series, it had the highest ratings of any CITV programme at the time. Its working title was Deep Techies, a colloquial term derived from 'techies' basically meaning technology-obsessed individuals.

Bad Influence! began during the 16 bit-era of computer and video gaming, and featured in-depth news, previews and reviews about the very latest in gaming and computer technology. The series ran long enough to feature the launch of the Nintendo 64 console (then acknowledged by its working title, the Ultra 64) in its fourth and final series. The show was originally presented by then children's TV presenters Violet Berlin and Andy Crane (of 1980s CBBC broom cupboard fame), who were studio based, and US teen actor Z Wright, who filed location reports from the US until Series 4. There was also a cheats segment character called Nam Rood (which is "Door Man" spelled backwards), an anarchic 'furtler' (AKA 'techie') who lived in a shed in the first two series, and then in the basement for Series 3. He would give viewers gaming cheats (written on cards he would stick to his forehead) in between mock experiment comedy sketches three times per episode. He would always greet viewers with his trademark catchphrases "slimy furtlers" and "scrotty furtlers", the term "furtlers" equating to the term "techies".

In Series 1, a spin-off Bad Influence! magazine was launched by Europress and promoted on the show, however only two editions were ever published.

In Series 2, as part of a report, Violet Berlin was included as a character in the Mega Drive game Micro Machines 2. She was also included in another video game in Series 4.

In Series 3, the show experienced a revamp. The virtual reality title sequence and credits, which by the end of Series 2 had begun to look somewhat dated, were replaced by a new, industrial-style title sequence, influenced by the mega-flop beat-em-up Rise of the Robots. There was also a remixed, industrial-style theme tune and a slightly more anarchic feel to the show, suggesting it was now targeting a slightly older teen audience. This demographic refocusing was in tune with gaming trends which were moving more towards older teens and younger adults, yet at odds with CITV viewer trends which showed that CITV audiences were actually getting younger. Also in Series 3, the Datablast section only appeared once, at the end of the series, which would prove to be its final appearance. Also making their final appearance were Z Wright and Nam Rood. In Series 4, the final series, Z Wright had been replaced by Violet Berlin presenting global reports (rather than solely US reports) and she was also granted her own slot, called Virtual Violet. Back in the studio, Crane was now joined by new co-presenter Sonya Saul. Nam Rood and the Datablast had both been discarded. In the final edition, Berlin, Crane and Saul all presented together in the studio, the only time this ever occurred.

Shortly after the 4th series ended, a report on the now defunct television information service Teletext reported that plans were afoot to remarket Bad Influence at a younger audience if it were to get a Series 5. However these plans were never implemented, most likely because gamers were getting older whilst CITV's audience was getting younger, and so would have had little appeal to CITV's increasingly younger audience. Subsequently, a fifth series was not commissioned and the show was axed.

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Bad Influence!
Jan 2, 1996 CITV
movies
eye 1,764
favorite 0
comment 0
02/01/1996 Main Review: Yoshi’s Island (SNES) Features: The best things to do with a computer; A look at games coming out in 1996; Using the Atari ST as a music computer; The highs and lows of 1995; A look at Juggling Master package; The Shamen sing Heel the Separation
Topics: bad influence, citv, the best things to do with a computer, a look at games coming out in 1996,...
Bad Influence!
Dec 13, 1995 CITV
movies
eye 762
favorite 0
comment 0
13/12/1995 Main Review: Extreme Games (PS) Features: A look at Card Studio and Animated Greetings packages; Motion Capture Animation; Virtual Violet on her top 10 games of 1995; The best places to buy a console this Christmas Report: Tokyo’s National Games Day
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at card studio and animated greetings packages, motion capture...
Bad Influence!
Dec 6, 1995 CITV
movies
eye 778
favorite 0
comment 0
06/12/1995 Main Review: Earthworm Jim 2 (SNES) Features: Games for the Sega Saturn; A look at Simply 3D scene designer software; Virtual Violet on Consoles Versus Computers Report: A Royal Navy helicopter simulator
Topics: bad influence, citv, games for the sega saturn, a look at simply 3d scene designer software,...
Bad Influence!
Nov 29, 1995 CITV
movies
eye 886
favorite 1
comment 0
29/11/1995 Main Review: Vectorman (MD) Features: Cyber pets; A new technique to model virtual hair Report: The Nintendo Ultra 64
Topics: bad influence, citv, cyber pets, a new technique to model virtual hair, the nintendo ultra 64,...
Bad Influence!
Nov 15, 1995 CITV
movies
eye 356
favorite 0
comment 0
15/11/1995 Main Review: Worms (PS) Features: Clothes designed on a computer; A look at the latest football games; Virtual Violet on cheats available on the Internet Report: Shooting video sequences for games
Topics: bad influence, citv, clothes designed on a computer, a look at the latest football games, virtual...
Bad Influence!
Nov 8, 1995 CITV
movies
eye 1,015
favorite 0
comment 0
08/11/1995 Main Review: Powerdrive Rally (Jaguar) Features: A look at new gadgets; Making phone calls over the Internet and the latest Internet technology; Virtual Violet on viewpoints in 3D games Report: Guide to turn an idea into a game
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at new gadgets, making phone calls over the internet and the latest...
Bad Influence!
Nov 1, 1995 CITV
movies
eye 476
favorite 0
comment 0
01/11/1995 Main Review: Tekken (PS) Features: Game Pro magazine’s worm lollypop cover mount; How a laser display is created; A look at Doom-style games; Virtual Violet on playing bad guys Report: Filming The Darkening at Pinewood Studios
Topics: bad influence, citv, game pro magazine's worm lollypop cover mount, how a laser display is created,...
Bad Influence!
Oct 25, 1995 CITV
movies
eye 440
favorite 1
comment 0
25/10/1995 Main Review: Killer Instinct (SNES) Features: Cheats and tips with Cheat Boy; A new 3D imaging system without special glasses; Virtual Violet on science fiction Report: Using GPS to aid the visually impaired
Topics: bad influence, citv, cheats and tips with cheat boy, a new 3d imaging system without special...
Bad Influence!
Oct 11, 1995 CITV
movies
eye 463
favorite 0
comment 0
11/10/1995 Main Review: Shinobi X (Saturn) Features: Getting Worms noticed by publishers; a look at The Net film and its website; Virtual Violet on viewers’ feedback Report: A motion capture studio in Sheffield
Topics: bad influence, citv, getting worms noticed by publishers, a look at the net film and its website,...
Bad Influence!
Oct 4, 1995 CITV
movies
eye 443
favorite 0
comment 0
04/10/1995 Main Review: Command & Conquer (PC) Features: The history of Pool Games; A look at the flight sim EF2000; Virtual Violet on Endorfun; The Nintendo Virtual Boy Report: Virtual World in LA
Topics: bad influence, citv, the history of pool games, a look at the flight sim ef2000, virtual violet on...
Bad Influence!
Sep 27, 1995 CITV
movies
eye 510
favorite 0
comment 0
27/09/1995 Main Review: Wipeout (PS) Features: The Playstation, its games and peripherals; Virtual Violet on Development of Joypads; A look at a Doom editor Report: The birthplace of videogames, Silicon Valley
Topics: bad influence, citv, the playstation, its games and peripherals, virtual violet on development of...
Bad Influence!
Sep 20, 1995 CITV
movies
eye 644
favorite 0
comment 0
20/09/1995 Main Review: Donkey Kong Land (GB) Features: Serial Play multiplayer gaming; The Bad Influence! web cam; Virtual Violet on live web cams Report: SIGGRAPH ‘95
Topics: bad influence, citv, serial play multiplayer gaming, the bad influence! web cam, virtual violet on...
Bad Influence!
Sep 13, 1995 CITV
movies
eye 649
favorite 0
comment 0
13/09/1995 Main Review: Comix Zone (MD) Features: Games Based on TV Shows; Virtual Violet on Websites; A look at Nickelodeon Director’s Lab Report: Community access cable TV show Video Game Slams
Topics: bad influence, citv, games based on tv shows, virtual violet on websites, a look at nickelodeon...
Bad Influence!
Sep 6, 1995 CITV
movies
eye 447
favorite 1
comment 0
06/09/1995 Main Review: Panzer Dragoon (Saturn) Features: A update on the super consoles; Virtual Violet on sequels; The Virtual Guitar accessory Report: Dave Perry and Earthworm Jim 2
Topics: bad influence, citv, a update on the super consoles, virtual violet on sequels, the virtual guitar...
Bad Influence!
Dec 15, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 356
favorite 1
comment 0
15/12/1994 Main Review: Doom (Jaguar/MD32X) Features: Multiplayer gaming; The Sega Saturn and Sony Playstation Report: A Virtual trip below Loch Ness
Topics: bad influence, citv, multiplayer gaming, the sega saturn and sony playstation, a virtual trip below...
Bad Influence!
Dec 8, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 432
favorite 0
comment 0
08/12/1994 Main Review: The Need For Speed (3DO) Features: The Neo Geo CD; The Twelve Days of Computer Technology Report: Recreating a Viking with the help of a computer
Topics: bad influence, citv, the neo geo cd, the twelve days of computer technology, recreating a viking...
Bad Influence!
Dec 1, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 385
favorite 0
comment 0
01/12/1994 Main Review: Star Wars Arcade (MD32X) Features: A look at Artpad and Dabbler art package; The Sega Saturn, 32x and The Scorpion Megadrive Clone Report: A Motion capture studio
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at artpad and dabbler art package, the sega saturn, 32x and the...
Bad Influence!
Nov 24, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 377
favorite 0
comment 0
24/11/1994 Main Review: Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (SNES) Features: Creating Magic Eye pictures with new software; Video projectors; Testing fabric drapability Report: IMAX cinema
Topics: bad influence, citv, creating magic eye pictures with new software, video projectors, testing...
Bad Influence!
Nov 17, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 491
favorite 0
comment 0
17/11/1994 Main Review: Donkey Kong Country (SNES) Features: The history of pinball and pinball sims; Robots Report: Exploring the moon and planets
Topics: bad influence, citv, the history of pinball and pinball sims, robots, exploring the moon and...
Bad Influence!
Nov 10, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 369
favorite 0
comment 0
10/11/1994 Main Review: The Lion King (MD) Features: Various gun accessories; VR helmets/Virtual world software Report: Jim Henson’s British HQ
Topics: bad influence, citv, various gun accessories, vr helmets/virtual world software, jim henson's...
Bad Influence!
Nov 3, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 332
favorite 0
comment 0
03/11/1994 Main Review: Super Bomber Man 2 (SNES) Features: A weather forecasting package for the PC; How ASF created the music for Inferno Report: The Information Superhighway
Topics: bad influence, citv, a weather forecasting package for the pc, how asf created the music for...
Bad Influence!
Oct 27, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 452
favorite 0
comment 0
27/10/1994 Main Review: Dynamite Headdy (MD) Features: Explanation of 3D imaging technique; A look at new spooky games Report: The Big One Rollercoaster in Blackpool
Topics: bad influence, citv, explanation of 3d imaging technique, a look at new spooky games, the big one...
Bad Influence!
Oct 20, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 399
favorite 0
comment 0
20/10/1994 Main Review: Alien Versus Predator (Jaguar) Features: The Video Toaster/Lightwave 3D software; A look at basketball games Report: Kodak’s film facility
Topics: bad influence, citv, the video toster/lightwave 3d software, a look at basketball games, kodak's...
Bad Influence!
Oct 13, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 345
favorite 0
comment 0
13/10/1994 Main Review: Sonic and Knuckles (MD) Features: The Atari Jaguar; A look at the Click & Play game design package Report: Rare and Donkey Kong Country
Topics: bad influence, citv, the atari jaguar, a look at the click & play game design package, rare and...
Bad Influence!
Oct 6, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 371
favorite 0
comment 0
06/10/1994 Main Review: Earthworm Jim (MD) Features: Game-specific controllers; An architects virtual design package; The Primal Rage arcade game Report: Silicon Graphics
Topics: bad influence, citv, game-specific controllers, an architects virtual design package, the primal...
Bad Influence!
Sep 29, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 818
favorite 0
comment 0
29/09/1994 Main Review: Rebel Assault (MCD) Features: A look at the Way Things Work CD-ROM; 8-way VR Go-Karting Report: Silicon Valley
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at the way thinks work cd-rom, 8-way vr go-karting, silicon valley,...
Bad Influence!
Sep 22, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 377
favorite 0
comment 0
22/09/1994 Main Review: Stunt Race FX (SNES) Features: Various screen savers; The making of Magic Carpet with Peter Molyneux Report: Flintstones the musical
Topics: bad influence, citv, various screen savers, the making of magic carpet with peter molyneux,...
Bad Influence!
Sep 15, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 352
favorite 0
comment 0
15/09/1994 Main Review: Mortal Kombat 2 (SNES) Features: Print your own T-Shirt's using transfer paper; A look at the Woodstock CD-ROM; The 3DO Report: SIGGRAPH ‘94
Topics: bad influence, citv, print your own t-shirt's using transfer paper, a look at the woodstock cd-rom,...
Bad Influence!
Sep 8, 1994 CITV
movies
eye 393
favorite 0
comment 0
08/09/1994 Main Review: Donkey Kong (GB) Features: The Super Gameboy adaptor; Voice recognition software Reports: Dave Perry and Shiny Entertainment; ECTS
Topics: bad influence, citv, the super gameboy adaptor, voice recognition software, dave perry and shiny...
Bad Influence!
Dec 16, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 409
favorite 0
comment 0
16/12/1993 Main Review: Super Empire Strikes Back (SNES) Features: The making of Rise of the Robots; A look ahead at games coming in the New Year; The 3DO Report: The MIT Media Lab
Topics: bad influence, citv, the making of rise of the robots, a look ahead of games coming in the new...
Bad Influence!
Dec 9, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 398
favorite 0
comment 0
09/12/1993 Main Review: FIFA International Soccer (MD) Features: How you can play arcade games at home; The Cam Net headset; Games you build yourself Report: Walsal Arboretum Laser show
Topics: bad influence, citv, how you can play arcade games at home, the cam net headset, games you build...
Bad Influence!
Dec 2, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 337
favorite 0
comment 0
02/12/1993 Main Review: Lawnmower Man (SNES) Features: A look at joystick, joypads and other control devices; The latest football games Report: IS Robotics
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at joystick, joypads and other control devices, the latest football...
Bad Influence!
Nov 25, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 254
favorite 0
comment 0
25/11/1993 Main Review: Jungle Book (GG) Features: A look at Theme Park; Creating graphics using an Onyx Reality Engine 2 Report: The Other Side VR Arena
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at theme park, creating graphics using an onyx reality engine 2, the...
Bad Influence!
Nov 18, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 464
favorite 0
comment 0
18/11/1993 Main Review: Yoshi’s Safari (SNES) Features: A look at Make My Video games; The rights and wrongs of video game piracy; The Dual Turbo IR MD controller Report: Using computers in fashion design
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at make my video games, the rights and wrongs of video game piracy, the...
Bad Influence!
Nov 11, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 355
favorite 0
comment 0
11/11/1993 Main Review: Super Bomberman (SNES) Features: A look at the Oceans Below computer package; An A to Z guide to computers and computing Report: Thinking Machines' CM5 Super Computer
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at the oceans below computer package, an a to z guide to computers and...
Bad Influence!
Nov 4, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 443
favorite 0
comment 0
04/11/1993 Main Review: Sonic Spinball (MD) Features: Using a PC Firework simulator package; The appeal of Beat ‘em ups; Andy's Bad Influence! fireworks display Report: SIGGRAPH ‘93
Topics: bad influence, citv, using a pc firework simulator package, the appeal of beat 'em ups, andy's bad...
Bad Influence!
Oct 28, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 388
favorite 0
comment 0
28/10/1993 Main Review: Jurassic Park (SNES) Features: A look at new spooky games; Voice-activated software Report: Forthcoming Star Trek games
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at new spooky games, voice-activated software, forthcoming star trek...
Bad Influence!
Oct 21, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 359
favorite 0
comment 0
21/10/1993 Main Review: Aladdin (MD) Features: The Thunder Seat accessory; A look at a computer- based animation package Report: How photos can be manipulated in advertising
Topics: bad influence, citv, the thunder seat accessory, a look at a computer-based animtion package, how...
Bad Influence!
Oct 14, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 417
favorite 0
comment 0
14/10/1993 Main Review: Battletoads in Battlemaniacs (SNES) Features: The Atari Jaguar; Reports: Back to the Future the Ride; The Computer Cavern
Topics: bad influence, citv, the atari jaguar, back to the future the ride, the computer cavern
Bad Influence!
Oct 7, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 554
favorite 0
comment 0
07/10/1993 Main Review: Street Fighter 2 Turbo (SNES) Features: A Mega CD Karaoke add-on and a Karaoke Macbeth CD-ROM; The development of MPEG and the Reel Magic PC card Report: Turning movies into games
Topics: bad influence, citv, a mega cd karaoke add-on and a karaoke macbeth cd-rom, the development of mpeg...
Bad Influence!
Sep 30, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 952
favorite 0
comment 0
30/09/1993 Main Review: Asterix (SNES) Features: The Amiga CD32; Amiga Scrabble challenge and other games based on board games Report: The Virtual Geographic League
Topics: bad influence, citv, the amiga cd32, amiga scrabble challenge and the other games based on board...
Bad Influence!
Sep 23, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 617
favorite 0
comment 0
23/09/1993 Main Review: Super Mario All Stars (SNES) Features: A look at the Dinosaurs CD-ROM; The luxury games consoles Report: Industrial Light and Magic
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at the dinsaurs cd-rom, the luxury games consoles, industrial light and...
Bad Influence!
Sep 16, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 510
favorite 0
comment 0
16/09/1993 Main Review: Rocket Knight Adventures (MD) Features: Composing music on The Deluxe Music Construction Set 2; Playing Air Warrior over the telephone lines with other players Report: How a Jean Michel Jarre concert is staged
Topics: bad influence, citv, composing music on the deluxe music construction set2, playing air warrior of...
Bad Influence!
Sep 9, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 439
favorite 0
comment 0
09/09/1993 Main Review: Jurassic Park (MD) Features: Personal computers that recognise handwriting; A look at the new CD systems and MPEG; A look at Mortal Kombat Report: The latest from the US including the 3DO
Topics: bad influence, citv, personal computers that recognise handwriting, a look at the new cd systems...
Bad Influence!
Jan 28, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 464
favorite 0
comment 0
28/01/1993 Main Review: Super Star Wars (SNES) Features: Surround Sound at home; A virtual fish tank; The latest laser game Report: Universal Studios in Hollywood
Topics: bad influence, citv, surround sound at home, a virtual fish tank, the latest laser game, universal...
Bad Influence!
Jan 21, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 427
favorite 0
comment 0
21/01/1993 Main Review: Streets of Rage 2 (MD) Features: A look at Mario Paint; Reducing risk of epilepsy; A look at Stunt Island Report: The latest in puppet technology
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at mario paint, reducing risk of epilepsy, a look at stunt island, the...
Bad Influence!
Jan 14, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 594
favorite 0
comment 0
14/01/1993 Main Review: Prince of Persia (SNES) Features: Gaming cheat devices; Robots; A first look at Sleepwalker Report: The CES in Las Vegas
Topics: bad influence, citv, gaming cheat devices, robots, a first look at sleepwalker, the ces in las...
Bad Influence!
Jan 9, 1993 CITV
movies
eye 418
favorite 0
comment 0
09/01/1993 Main Review: Ecco the Dolphin (MD) Features: A look at Lemmings on different formats; Software on CD Report: Special effects on TV commercials
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at lemmings on different formats, software on cd, special effects on tv...
Bad Influence!
Dec 17, 1992 CITV
movies
eye 527
favorite 0
comment 0
17/12/1992 Main Review: Super Mario Cart (SNES) Features: The Atari Falcon; ‘Take That’ on Virtua Racing Report: A guide to gaming in Tokyo
Topics: bad influence, citv, the atari falcon, take that on virtua racing, a guide to gaming in tokyo,...
Bad Influence!
Dec 10, 1992 CITV
movies
eye 390
favorite 0
comment 0
10/12/1992 Main Review: World of Illusion (MD) Features: Christmas buyers guide; Buying Consoles from the US Report: The Computer Museum
Topics: bad influence, citv, christmas buyers guide, buying consoles from the us, world of illusion, the...
Bad Influence!
Dec 3, 1992 CITV
movies
eye 456
favorite 0
comment 0
03/12/1992 Main Review: Indiana Jones 3 (MD) Features: Video Editing on a Computer; ‘Fresh’ vs Bad Influence! Street Fighter 2 challenge Report: The Nintendo games help line
Topics: bad influence, citv, video editing on a computer, fresh vs bad influence, street figher 2...
Bad Influence!
Nov 26, 1992 CITV
movies
eye 698
favorite 0
comment 0
26/11/1992 Main Review: Super Mario Land 2 (GB) Features: A look at the Freewheel controller; Creating music on an Atari ST Report: Creating a morphing special effect
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at the freewheel controller, creating music on an atari st, super mario...
Bad Influence!
Nov 19, 1992 CITV
movies
eye 506
favorite 0
comment 0
19/11/1992 Main Review: Sonic 2 (MD) Features: The Hidden Cost of Handhelds; Desktop VR Reports: Games shops in the US; Using VR in a special needs school
Topics: bad influence, citv, the hidden cost of handhelds, desktop vr, sonic 2, games shops in the us,...
Bad Influence!
Oct 29, 1992 CITV
movies
eye 2,104
favorite 3
comment 0
29/10/1992 Main Review: Joe+Mac Caveman Ninja (SNES) Features: Using a computer paint package; A look ahead in the series Report: Virtual Reality
Topics: bad influence, citv, virtual reality, joe+mac caveman ninja
Bad Influence!
Oct 12, 1992 CITV
movies
eye 725
favorite 1
comment 0
12/10/1992 Main Review: Super Eleste (SNES) Features: The Amiga 1200; Using a computer to create Ballet Report: The Future Entertainment Show
Topics: bad influence, citv, the future entertainment show, amiga 1200, super eleste, using a comuter to...
Bad Influence!
Oct 5, 1992 CITV
movies
eye 732
favorite 0
comment 0
05/10/1992 Main Review: NHLPA Hockey (MD) Features: A look at Alone in the Dark; Looking inside the consoles Report: Exploring other worlds
Topics: bad influence, citv, exploring other worlds, alone in the dark, nhlpa hockey